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WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, was indicted Friday on two counts of criminal contempt of Congress after he defied a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The Justice Department said Bannon, 67, was indicted on one count for refusing to appear for a deposition last month and the other for refusing to provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena. He is expected to surrender to authorities on Monday and will appear in court that afternoon, a law enforcement official told the AP. The person was granted anonymity to discuss the case.

The indictment comes after a parade of Trump administration officials — including Bannon — have defied requests and demands from Congress over the past five years with little consequence, including during Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. President Barack Obama’s administration also declined to charge two of its officials who defied congressional demands.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Bannon’s indictment reflects the Justice Department’s “steadfast commitment” to the rule of law. Each count carries a minimum of 30 days of jail and as long as a year behind bars.

The indictment came as a second expected witness, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, defied his own subpoena from the committee on Friday and as Trump has escalated his legal battles to withhold documents and testimony about the insurrection.

If the House votes to hold Meadows in contempt, that recommendation would also be sent to the Justice Department for a possible indictment.
Officials in both Democratic and Republican administrations have been held in contempt by Congress, but criminal indictments for contempt are exceedingly rare. The most recent notable examples of criminal penalties for not testifying before Congress date to the 1970s, including when President Richard Nixon’s aide G. Gordon Liddy was convicted of misdemeanor charges for refusing to answer questions about his role in the Watergate scandal.

Democrats who voted to hold Bannon in contempt praised the Justice Department’s decision, saying the charges reinforce the authority of Congress to investigate the executive branch and signal potential consequences for those who refuse to cooperate.

“The days of defying subpoenas with impunity are over,” tweeted House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who sits on the Jan. 6 panel and also led Trump’s first impeachment inquiry. “We will expose those responsible for Jan 6. No one is above the law.”

The chairman of the Jan. 6 panel, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, told reporters at an event in his home state of Mississippi on Friday that he will recommend contempt charges against Meadows next week.

Thompson and the vice chairwoman of the panel, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, said in a statement: “Mr. Meadows, Mr. Bannon, and others who go down this path won’t prevail in stopping the Select Committee’s effort getting answers for the American people about January 6th, making legislative recommendations to help protect our democracy, and helping ensure nothing like that day ever happens again.”

Meadows and Bannon are key witnesses for the panel, as they both were in close touch with Trump around the time of the insurrection.
Meadows was Trump’s top aide at the end of his presidency and was one of several people who pressured state officials to try and overturn the results. Bannon promoted the Jan. 6 protests on his podcast and predicted there would be unrest. On Jan. 5, he predicted that “all hell is going to break loose.”

The indictment says Bannon didn’t communicate with the committee in any way from the time he received the subpoena on Sept. 24 until Oct. 7 when his lawyer sent a letter, seven hours after the documents were due.

Bannon, who worked at the White House at the beginning of the Trump administration and currently serves as host of the conspiracy-minded “War Room” podcast, is a private citizen who “refused to appear to give testimony as required by a subpoena,” the indictment says.

When Bannon declined to appear for his deposition in October, his attorney said the former Trump adviser had been directed by a lawyer for Trump citing executive privilege not to answer questions. The attorney did not respond to a message seeking comment on Friday.

This is not the first time the longtime Trump ally has faced legal peril. In August of last year, Bannon was pulled from a luxury yacht and arrested on allegations that he and three associates ripped off donors trying to fund a southern border wall. Trump later pardoned Bannon in the final hours of his presidency.

Meadows, a former congressman from North Carolina, defied his subpoena on Friday after weeks of discussions with the committee. His lawyer said that Meadows has a “sharp legal dispute” with the panel as Trump has claimed executive privilege over the former chief of staff’s testimony, as he had with Bannon’s.

The White House said in a letter Thursday that President Joe Biden would waive any privilege that would prevent Meadows from cooperating with the committee, prompting Meadows’ lawyer to say he wouldn’t comply.
“Legal disputes are appropriately resolved by courts,” said the lawyer, George Terwilliger. “It would be irresponsible for Mr. Meadows to prematurely resolve that dispute by voluntarily waiving privileges that are at the heart of those legal issues.”

As the sitting president, Biden has so far waived most of Trump’s assertions of privilege over documents and interviews, citing the interest of the public in knowing what happened on Jan. 6. Trump sued the committee and the National Archives to stop the release of documents, and U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has repeatedly backed Biden’s position, noting in one ruling this week that “Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President.”

The panel’s proceedings and attempts to gather information have been delayed as Trump has appealed Chutkan’s rulings. On Thursday, a federal appeals court temporarily blocked the release of some of the White House records the panel is seeking, giving that court time to consider Trump’s arguments.

Still, the House panel is continuing its work, and members have already interviewed more than 150 witnesses in an attempt to build a comprehensive record of how a violent mob of Trump’s supporters broke into the Capitol and temporarily halted the certification of Biden’s victory.

The committee has subpoenaed almost three dozen people, including former White House staffers, Trump allies who strategized about how to overturn his defeat and people who organized a giant rally near the White House on the morning of Jan. 6. While some, like Meadows and Bannon, have balked, others have spoken to the panel and provided documents.
"Contempt of congress " is sort of like "state lines". Reddit and the media will get all lathered up but at the end of the day we will all be blue balled
Nothing will happen to him, all of this is political theater to make the people feel better about themselves. He's one of the Elites, the CIA will do everything in their power to ensure nothing bad occurs to him just like they are doing with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Only depends on if Trump and the other elite's next coup succeed so he can pardon Bannon a second time

With congress's approval rating consistently below 20% for the last two decades, over 80% of Americans have nothing but CONTEMPT FOR CONGRESS!
Congress thinks people care about Jan 6th. Most people I have talked to about it are just sad no congress critters were killed that day
Did you forget how he did that with Mueller? Of course you did.
tRump will be POTUS in 2024...again and pardon him...again.

Poor burgers
A shit sandwich with a pickle, or with mustard,
Both Dems and GOP promise, really promise this time to give you good stuff.
I miss Lulu so much bros...
Who would willingly walk into the despotic walled and armed fortress of an unelected regime with no cares for even appearing to follow their own laws?
Good fanfic
Hi ShareBlue, I was wondering when your anime flavored DNC propaganda shitposts would resume befouling /news/. Obama and Rice must be getting worried.
why do homosexual pedophiles feel the need to spam this board with their masturbation material?
seems irrational that one would want to openly admit to being a homosexual pedophile.
This, everyone involved in the failed coup will just take this to trial and lose, because they know Republicans will stage another coup to install Trump and he'll pardon everyone.
What website do you think you're on right now? Have you ever been to >>>/u/? What about >>>/d/, >>>/y/, and >>>/cm/?
This, MAGAts are obviously was from reddit.
4chan is an anime website. Normalfags need not apply.
so you're aware that there are containment boards for compulsive masturbators and other perverts on 4chan and yet you still insist on spamming this board with off topic, unwanted, homosexual pedophile masturbation material.
>With congress's approval rating consistently below 20% for the last two decades, over 80% of Americans have nothing but CONTEMPT FOR CONGRESS!
>Congress thinks people care about Jan 6th. Most people I have talked to about it are just sad no congress critters were killed that day

^ sums most people's feelings of 1/6 up perfectly.
anime is the most mainstream and ubiquitous entertainment medium on the planet
Is that why the normalags on 4chan shit their pants in rage any time they see it?
Republicans given they're setting this up?
i enjoy humiliating the compulsive masturbators who expose their shameful secret masturbation habits by posting the pictures of the children's cartoons that they masturbate to. if you think i'm not enjoying this then thats just you projecting your own enraged emotions.
so tell us some more about how you're proud of masturbating to children's cartoons.
So let me get this straight. You came to the website dedicated to cartoon masturbators to complain about masturbating to cartoons?
So let me get this straight, you're a homosexual pedophile and you're so ashamed of your own masturbation habits that you relegate yourself to trying to hide amongst the crowd on an anonymous imageboard because you acknowledge how nauseating and disgusting of a person you are and don't want your irl identity associated with your pedophile cartoon masturbation. You probably collect child pornography also, most of the anime homosexual pedophiles do.
Rules of radicals: Always accuse your opponent what you're guilty of.
Bannon is an idiot, but he should send them a dick pic and tell them to get fucked.
He's playing the martyr and fully expects for there to be another coup in 2024 where Trump is successfully this time and bails him out of prison.
Bannon can't run out the clock.
This is awfully specific, why are you projecting your problems onto others?
This /pol/ppet is stuck in 2016.

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